**spoiler alert** Look, I don't want to spoil anything for you, but Victor LaValle pulls off some REALLY sick stuff in this little book. He just keeps**spoiler alert** Look, I don't want to spoil anything for you, but Victor LaValle pulls off some REALLY sick stuff in this little book. He just keeps getting better.
[edited five minutes later:] Okay actually I'm just going to put this under a spoiler tag because HOW AWESOME IS IT to thump racist ol' HP Lovecraft in the head with a bunch of Five Percent Nation stuff! Malone's memory, near the end of the book, of the last thing Black Tom said to him is such a powerful moment and after finishing this book I've got the floaty feeling I get from a book that tries to do something audacious and complex and pulls it off with apparent ease. Heck yes. Now I'm just bummed that I'll have to wait a while til LaValle publishes another one....more
wow did i not like this! i don't want to be a jerk about it because people i like and respect really like it (hi) but ender seems like such a mary suewow did i not like this! i don't want to be a jerk about it because people i like and respect really like it (hi) but ender seems like such a mary sue - he's this kid who's oppressed for being smart not only by his peers but also by the authorities! and he doesn't WANT to respond to bullying with disproportionate, appalling violence, or to hack the school computer system to call his bullies gay, but everybody just keeps making him do it! i mean no gravity stuff was interesting but it was so hard for me not to think, the whole time, about how much the whole book felt like adolescent wish fulfillment. i mean he, like, never loses! at anything! but his life is so hard and he is so mopey about how hard his life is, but it just fills him with resolve to continue never to lose at anything. i mean i get that he is a kid but i'm not that interested in the persecution complexes of self-righteously intelligent kids. i lived there for a bunch of years! that was me! and now i am a grownup who [hopefully] knows a little bit better.
i hadn't read this when it came out a few years ago that orson is a big self-righteous homophobe [actually i just looked it up and i guess he's been publishing explicit homophobia since at least 1990], but now that i have read it i'm kind of surprised that people were surprised. i mean this whole book felt to like he is a smug nerd patting himself on the back for being so wise and misunderstood - and i listened to an audiobook version that had an extra bonus half hour of orson himself doing just that, explaining about what a bunch of stupid jerks everyone in hollywood is and how they kept trying to trick him but he kept triumphing. it was just so self-righteous. i felt like i was listening to the comic book guy from the simpsons. did orson weigh in on gamergate?
ACTUALLY THAT'S ANOTHER THING! the part where ender is super into playing the video game he's playing and the commander of battle school is like 'you have to stop playing and go to battle practice' and ender gets SO ANGRY that he has to stop playing video games just felt like such a perfect representation of the whole book. SHUT UP MOM I'M PLAYING VIDEO GAMES.
**spoiler alert** this was good! i haven't been keeping up with uncle steve very well recently 'cause i thought under the dome was too long without a**spoiler alert** this was good! i haven't been keeping up with uncle steve very well recently 'cause i thought under the dome was too long without a payoff awesome enough to justify its length, but Revival felt pretty tightly edited. Not to mention scary! Plus (this is the spoiler stuff) i think he does a really good job with the Lovecraft stuff toward the end, and there's even some pretty subtle mary shelley / frankenstein stuff. i feel like uncle steve is not known for his subtlety! i'm glad that, when i saw this one wasn't thousands of pages long, i decided to give it a shot. ...more
Yknow if Chuck could just back off the rape jokes and racist tropes for one single book, it would be so awesome. He's really good at making a plot gatYknow if Chuck could just back off the rape jokes and racist tropes for one single book, it would be so awesome. He's really good at making a plot gather steam and then sending it off the rails - but he always puts whatever momentum he's built into the most boring, predictable white dude misogyny and dick jokes. The most interesting thing in this book is a very elaborate rape joke! What if he had put that his very real storytelling skills toward, I don't know, like, anything else? It could be awesome! But instead, UGH. If you like rape jokes, you'll love Beautiful You. If you don't like rape jokes but you manage to read through this anyway - like I did - you might find yourself as frustrated as I am that dude keeps wasting his really powerful talents on such toxic lowest common denominator pointlessness. ...more
[I heard that someone (definitely not me) pirated an electronic version of this beautifully melancholy thing, blew through it in a day, and liked it s[I heard that someone (definitely not me) pirated an electronic version of this beautifully melancholy thing, blew through it in a day, and liked it so much she immediately went out and bought it in hardcover.]...more
Wow, this is a book about a woman who struggles with sex addiction being locked in a room and sexually assaulted by a monster over the course of a weeWow, this is a book about a woman who struggles with sex addiction being locked in a room and sexually assaulted by a monster over the course of a week, which solves all her problems. If that sounds nice to you, you do not sound nice to me.
I think mostly I'm pissed because this is on so many "best horror comics" lists I've read, and not a single one of them mentions the fact that it's just. about. a woman. being raped. by a monster. For a week. Which is presented as not even a big deal to her! She's an FBI agent and after the monster lets her out (spoiler, once it has knocked her up, which she does not really seem to mind) she just, like, goes back to the room where she was held, to investigate the crime scene. No big deal, right? Sure she wouldn't mind going right back in there, immediately. Why would that be complicated for her.
On top of the fact that I'm mad at Alan Moore about this misogynist nonsense is the fact that the ending, and what it adds to the Chthulu mythos, *is* kind of cool. (Spoiler, although who cares because don't read this: What if "R'lyeh under the waters" didn't mean under the literal ocean but instead inside a uterus.) It just... didn't require all the detention and rape? You could have gotten there in ways that were so much more interesting and less predictably, boringly, tropily misogynist. Ugh. So bummed about this. ...more